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... toys, household goods and even blocks of gold.
There were a lot of people walking around, lots of families, a few foreigners like ourselves. Anything you wanted to buy it seemed you could find, from the smallest little lamps, pillow cases, clothes both traditional and contemporary, wholesale goods for merchants and business people, Turkish delight; etc.
They have juice bars everywhere so getting fresh carrot juice is super easy and ...
... to the Museum of Islamic History and Art. It was not in my list of must-dos, but just convenient. And, I am so glad I went! It was a wonderfully organized museum, taking us chronologically through different islamic rulers and dynasties, their history and art. It is at the museum that I realized that I know so little about the history of Islam. We read about Asia and Europe, but only the recent Middle East history. A to-do after the trip. The artifacts that stuck in my mind ...
At the shop we saw a woman making a carpet that would take over a year, and would sell for around a thousand dollars. I think this was supposed to make us greedy for a carpet, in the knowledge that a week of our work could command a year of the woman's -- but in fact it made us feel sorry for the woman. We began to suspect that we were not very good customers.
Then we were led to the basement, given apple tea, ...
... that are all in blue design from which it got its name. To enter one has to be dressed appropriate. Even male tourists with shorts had to put on a wrap. The Haga Sophis's Christian frescos have now been revealed and restored We went to a rug dealer of course who showed us the gorgeous silk rigs, the least expensive small one I liked was $1,4000. So I did not indulge Not really suitable for ...
... I was in quite the dilemma here. I forced myself to drink about 3/4 and then said that I needed a bottled water.
After lunch, he directed me towards the place where you buy the tickets for the Ferry back to European Turkey. This is all a really big deal. They have dinner boats that cruise up and down the Bospherous daily. The ferry ride lasted about 15-20 minute, but was great. After we arrived back in Turkey, we ...